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Posted on: February 13, 2020

CDC Announcement - 2019 Novel Coronavirus

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in thousands of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States.


We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of several viruses, including coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  These actions are recommended by the CDC, and include: 

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Staying home when you are sick. 
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash. 
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. 

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. 

For more information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing  website and attached handout.  

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings .  

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